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tr.v. ab·re·act·ed, ab·re·act·ing, ab·re·acts
To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.

[Translation of German abreagieren : ab-, away + reagieren, to react.]

ab′re·ac′tion n.


(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness


(ˌæb riˈæk ʃən)

the release of emotional tension achieved through recalling a repressed traumatic experience, esp. during psychoanalysis.
ab`re•act′, v.t. -act•ed, -act•ing.
ab`re•ac′tive, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abreaction - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensionsabreaction - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"


[ˌæbrɪˈækʃən] N (Psych) → abreacción f


n (Psych) → Abreaktion f
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As therapeutic powers of play therapy, Schaefer and Drewes (2014) have identified the following core powers: abreaction, accelerated psychological development, access to the unconscious, attachment, catharsis, counter-conditioning fears, creative problem solving, direct teaching, empathy, indirect teaching, positive emotions, relationship, resiliency, self-esteem, self-expression, self-regulation, social competence, stress inoculation, stress management and therapeutic moral development.
Five criteria establish that a client is ready to begin exposure work: (a) resolving danger, (b) distinguishing being safe from feeling safe, (c) developing self-regulation and self-rescue skills, (d) demonstrating self-regulation and self-rescue from abreaction, and (e) using a negotiated contract and informed consent for resolution of trauma memories (Gentry, 1998).
Later, in Pointsman's abreaction ward, the text illustrates the return of trauma for a patient ("you") who survived a V-2 hit on a movie theater that foreshadows the novel's ending.
By applying contemporary trauma theory, especially the methodologies for processing post-traumatic-stress-disorder and even more particularly the process of abreaction, to the conversion narratives contained in John Roger's Othel or Beth-shemesh (1653), McAreavey illustrates how "what is distinctive about the trauma literature produced by the Independent communities of the 1650s is that ultimately the 'whole' that is formed at the end of the abreaction process is not constituted by the self but by the godly community of which one becomes a member" (164).
Nearly half of the volume is devoted to close readings of the poems, but chapters also discuss abreaction through artistic meditation, lived and literary existence, and in search of the prose poem.
This seems to bring hysteria into terrain quite different from Freud and Breuer's description of hysteria as the bodily manifestation of "psychical traumas that have not been dealt with by abreaction or by the work of associative thought; they are, likewise, completely absent .
Experts agreed that stage three continues to focus on relational-based interventions, but it also incorporates a high level of trauma reprocessing, including abreaction and exposure-based interventions.
20) With Elisabeth, the powerful emotions incurred during her father's illness are not allowed to reach consciousness and obtain abreaction while she devotedly cares for him.
The abreaction to that eventuated in a poetry that was nothing but political, a poetry of the subjective revolution, of ego, of self-pity and of self-regard.
In these rites the initiate is led to re-live an intense experience of terror and fright; there is no abreaction of emotion but rather the incitement towards suspicion, fear, the unexplainable; words are said not to be understood, nor to be thinkable, in particular those concerning the conditions of the 'pact' ('you will pay back 80,000 or 120,000 Euros' are words that are not understood or thinkable until the arrival in Europe, and the difference in value between the naira and the euro becomes clear), and this increases the cognitive confusion of these young women.
Competent dominatrices are trained to lower the risk of triggering such an abreaction, but are prepared to deal with it should it occur.